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KCCA Needs UGX 30bn to Compensate Ndeeba Market Vendors

KCCA was sued for illegal eviction and destruction of property. The court faulted KCCA for conducting the eviction on land they don’t own and awarded the vendors damages of 30 Billion Shillings.

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Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA lacks funds to pay vendors of Ndeeba Market who were evicted in 2014.

The vendors who were operating along the railway land were evicted by KCCA and Uganda Railway Corporation-URC. 

KCCA was sued for illegal eviction and destruction of property. The court faulted KCCA for conducting the eviction on land they don’t own and awarded the vendors damages of 30 Billion Shillings. 

However, KCCA is yet to pay the vendors as they face eviction. In April, URC asked the vendors to vacate the land by October 1. 

KCCA Director for Revenue Collection Samuel Sserunkuuma on Wednesday told the KCCA Council that the Authority doesn't have money to pay the vendors. 

Sserunkuuma says KCCA has a meagre budget and has accumulated debts from different suits which it cannot afford. He says they submitted their list of debts to the Ministry of Finance for funding, but they are yet to receive a response. 

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The City Executive Committee led by the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has asked KCCA to expedite payment of the vendors. Deputy Lord Mayor Doreen Nyanjura explained how people living or working along the railway line in Kampala and the Metropolitan are living in fear of eviction as the Railway Corporation seeks to expand the railway line.

Nyanjura says KCCA should pay the money they owe to vendors to enable them relocated. She also asked URC to deal with the matter carefully and not evict people because many are bonafide occupants who have lived on the land for more than 12 years.

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Bismarck Ssempijja the councillor representing workers blamed some KCCA officials for frustrating dialogue with the vendors. 

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The City Executive Secretary in charge of Finances John Mary Ssebufu asked the council to pass a resolution halting the eviction. He says people occupying the railway land are bonafide occupants.

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However, Sserunkuuma told members that the authority will not take part in the evictions because they don’t want a repeat of what happened in 2014.

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Other councillors like Farida Nakabugo of Lubaga North wants KCCA to pay the damages and also construct a market for Ndeeba vendors.